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FNRI advocates 'Pinggang Pinoy' in Iloilo

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 06:19 AM    Views : 723by:Perla G. Lena/PNA

ILOILO CITY, May 16 --The new "Pinggang Pinoy" developed by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) is now available for other age groups in addition to the previous adult groups.

"Pinggang Pinoy" or a food plate shows the recommended food group proportion in every meal. It provides samples of a one-day meal plan for 3-5 years old, 6-9 years old, 10-12 years old, male and female adolescents, male and female adults, male and female elderly and 19-29 years old lactating and pregnant women.

Moreover, it complements and supplements the food guide pyramid.

"Pinggang Pinoy is a reminder on how to fill up your plate with the right amount, proportion and quality of food," said to Special Science Research Specialist II Salvador Serrano during the nutrition communication network media forum and monitoring meeting held at the DOST regional office here on Tuesday.

The plate is divided into four portions with half the plate comprising of vegetables and fruits, and the rice and fish taking up the other half. There is also a glass filled with water to signify the importance of hydration.

"We need continuously to remind them that eating healthy food need not be expensive. You have to know the right foods and the right amount to stay healthy," he said.

He added that the public should be reminded that the continuous practice of unhealthy eating would "have consequences in our health and in the long run would mean more resources when sick".

The healthy food plate within the budget of minimum wage earners, he said.

He explained that in their basic computation, they incorporated the various minimum wages although it varies, yet ideally at least one-third of their salary must be for food.

The sample menu shows one of the budget meals that low wage earners can afford. It is complete with the required nutritional requirements.

"Pinggang Pinoy" targets healthy Filipinos as those who are sick have prescribed diet depending on their health condition, he said.


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